Steering Committee

The following members currently serve on NCSD’s steering committee:

  • Tanya Clay House
  • Susan Eaton
  • David Glaser
  • Matthew Gonzales
  • Elaine Gross
  • Sufyan Hameed
  • Monique Lin-Luse
  • Brenda Shum
  • Philip Tegeler

About the NCSD Steering Committee Members

Tanya Clay House is the former Deputy Assistant Secretary for P-12 Education in the Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development (OPEPD) at the U.S. Department of Education with almost 20 years of civil rights policy experience in Federal Government, U.S. Congress and national advocacy organizations, and is nationally recognized as a racial justice expert. Prior to this appointment, Ms. House served as the Director of Public Policy at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Public Policy Director at People For the American Way (PFAW) and began her political career as Legislative staff for both U.S. Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) and U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA).

Susan Eaton is Director of the Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Social Justice Philanthropy and Professor of Practice at Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy. She has long worked to advance racial and socioeconomic diversity in schools through her writing and scholarship, organizing and convening and policy advocacy.

Since 2009, David Glaser has served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Voluntary Interdistrict Choice Corporation (VICC), a school integration program established in 1982 in the St. Louis metropolitan area. VICC is committed to building relationships, promoting diversity and providing choice while enriching lives through quality educational experiences for our students.

Matt Gonzales is the Founder and Director of the Integration and Innovation Initiative (i3) at NYU Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools. He is a co-Founder of the NYC Alliance for School Integration and Desegregation (nycASID), and serves as the Policy Coach for the youth-led advocacy group IntegrateNYC. As a member of NYC’s School Diversity Advisory Group, Matt has helped to craft citywide policy on school integration.

Elaine Gross is the Founder and President of ERASE Racism, a regional civil rights organization primarily focused on addressing structural racism at the intersection of inequity in access to quality public school education and housing (discrimination and segregation based on race/ethnicity and income). In this role, she utilizes research, policy advocacy, educational workshops, and organizing (educators, high school students, parents and others) to effect change locally and at the New York State level.

Sufyan Hameed (Sufy) is a local activist from Brooklyn. Sufys work has stemmed from ERASE Racism in Long Island to IntegrateNYC, both organizations that empower youth of color. He is dedicated and driven everyday to get rid of the disparities that student face, and to ensuring that students are representated in decision making.

Monique Lin-Luse is an established civil rights lawyer at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF) focusing on school desegregation and improving educational opportunities for African American children, with a particular focus in the Deep South. She is a former public middle and high school teacher. Monique has a deep personal and professional commitment to educational equity, racial justice, and school integration. Her organization, LDF, has been at the forefront of school integration since Brown v. Board of Education, and continues to fight for educational opportunities and integrated education nationwide.

Brenda Shum is a Senior Directing Attorney at the National Center for Youth Law where she oversees complex litigation to enforce the civil rights of vulnerable children and youth on education, juvenile justice, child welfare, and immigration matters. She previously directed the Educational Opportunities Project at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, where her work focused on the promotion of diverse and integrated learning environments and other education equity litigation and policy.

Philip Tegeler is a civil rights lawyer with a strong background in both school and housing desegregation law (previously at CT ACLU, now at PRRAC), with experience in policy development and advocacy on housing and education issues. Phil was one of the founding members of NCSD and has worked to support the coalition since 2009.